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On Sunday Buffalo Police reiterated precautions that will be taken to ensure police safety.

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Four people are in critical condition after a  Sunday morning crash on the Cattaraugus Reservation.

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The medians separating lanes of traffic on Main Street in the University District created controversy from the very beginning. Now, a meeting will be held on whether the medians should be removed.

New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox is already in Cleveland for Monday's start of the Republican National Convention.

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The Great New York State Fair will be advertised on television for the first time ever this summer.

On Saturday Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner made a Statement on Donald Trump selection of Mike Pence as VP pick:
 

Sabres sign Nylander

Jul 16, 2016
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The Buffalo Sabres have announced that their first round pick from this year's draft has been signed.

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The Italian Festival continues today in north Buffalo.  It runs along Hertel Avenue from Delaware to Colvin. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says one of the highlights for families and children is the amusement rides. 

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Law enforcers announced late Friday afternoon that a Buffalo man has been charged with making a threat of violence on social media against members of the Buffalo Police Department. The arrest was announced one week after Commissioner Daniel Derenda first reporeted a "credible threat" against officers.


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James Michel is pursuing legal action over a leaked memo that cost him an appointment as Commissioner of Erie County's Central Police Services.

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Part of downtown Buffalo was turned into a racetrack Friday with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace in town to promote an upcoming race at Watkins Glen International.

M&T raises investment in Explore & More Children's Museum

Jul 15, 2016
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An existing partnership between Explore & More Children's Museum and M&T Bank is expanding, with the latter announcing additional funding for use in the museum's capital and curriculum needs.


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Chronically ill children treated at Women & Children's Hospital had the entire Italian Festival in Buffalo all to themselves Friday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports it was time away from daily medical routines.


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For the first time since before the Erie County fiscal collapse of the Red/Green Budget, the county is scheduling another master plan for the county's 38 pieces of parkland.


The Erie County Legislature has voted its approval of the lowest-bid contractor to begin construction on a new STEM Building at ECC's North Campus. Despite lawsuits and some loud opposition over its location, the STEM Building is expected to be open for class in January 2018.

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A funeral will be held Friday for 1-year-old Rian N'Kole Davis, who was struck by a car backing out of a driveway a few houses from her grandfather on Fernhill Avenue, near Erie County Medical Center. She died that evening on July 7.

Public art partnership announces three newest works

Jul 15, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A continuing public art initiative led by the Albright Knox Art Gallery is growing, with three new works just announced for locations within the City of Buffalo. The first of the works was formally dedicated Thursday on Main Street.


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In a city where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line, agencies that serve economically-disadvantaged individuals play critical roles. The Buffalo City Mission has received a major contribution in its quest to provide food and shelter to those in need.

Cuomo steps up security at high-profile locations

Jul 15, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement in the wake of the incident in France where dozens of people were killed after a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France:

Bastille Day Truck Attack In Nice, France: What We Know

Jul 15, 2016
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At least 84 people are dead after a truck plowed through a large crowd of people in Nice, France, on Thursday; police say an ID found with the driver belongs to a French petty criminal of Tunisian descent, the Associated Press reports.

Two Americans were among the dead, the AP says, citing the State Department.

The truck accelerated as it approached the crowd, gathered on a seaside promenade to celebrate the national holiday Bastille Day. The driver continued forward as he hit scores of people.

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Consider it Christmas in July for a special breed of tree growers.

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Protestors packed a conference room in the Central Library Downtown Thursday night to complain about the mysterious death of India Cummings after nearly three weeks in the Holding Center.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the state Senate, said this week that he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. He also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

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To help guide visitors to Buffalo's new popular waterfront destinations, a member of the state delegation is calling for new signage.


This Tuesday, Shakespeare in Delaware Park uses their "down time" between shows (The Winter's Tale ends Sunday night, July 17 and The Taming of the Shrew opens on July 28) to "put on a show" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to “move into a higher gear” and conduct a comprehensive assessment of radioactive hotspots in Niagara County and Grand Island.

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An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan says, more oversight is needed for Local Development Corporations.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday formally and unanimously voted down James Michel as a candidate for Central Police Services Commissioner. His candidacy was already derailed earlier in the day, when the Erie County Executive withdrew his appointment of Michel following the revelation of a report detailing a pattern of abusive and hostile language against a female subordinate.


Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco appeared on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday talking about how political protest music is used to bring attention to social change.

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